dining room at Skye Luxury Senior Living independent living community in Leander, TX

Meet Skye Executive Chef Fred Perry

Skye is a 55+ luxury independent living community in the fast-growing town of Leander, Texas, a short distance from Austin. Call 512-591-5121 to schedule your visit to Skye to sample some of Chef Fred’s favorites.


Executive Chef Fred Perry at Skye Luxury Senior Living
Fred Perry, Executive Chef, Skye Luxury Senior Living

Executive Chef Fred Perry’s career has been anything but boring. From developing proprietary spice blends to placing first in a snow sculpting team competition, Chef Fred gives his all to everything he does, and fortunately for Skye Luxury Senior Living, that now means making beautiful food for residents of the independent living community located in Leander, Texas.

Chef Fred started cooking at 15 years old, and by the age of 17, he had achieved the title Assistant Manager at a local restaurant where he was working as a short order cook. The owner of the restaurant became his mentor and encouraged Fred to attend culinary school after high school—a dream that came true when his mentor paid for his first year as a graduation gift. “About as soon as I stepped foot in culinary school, I was hooked,” said Fred. “There was so much to learn about the business, and I soaked up every drop. Even 44 years later, I still keep in contact with the culinary instructors that shaped my career.”

Rising Star

Fred’s first job after graduating culinary school was cooking at an 800-room convention hotel in Dearborn, Michigan, where he was recognized as a rising star. Learning from an eclectic group of chefs from different countries, Fred discovered the importance of respecting food and saw the impact food and ingredients have on people’s lives. He says, “That time in my life was extremely important. I learned discipline. I learned precision and finer techniques, which helped me grow and eventually move up to Executive Chef at several restaurants.”

Fred also learned the business side of cooking, moving on to oversee training and budgetary compliance and eventually executive-level catering. He joined a food management company where he was part of the culinary leadership team that served the cast members at Walt Disney World in Florida.

Mentoring Culinary Students

Mentoring local culinary students has been a great passion of Fred’s, and he has imparted his knowledge on more than 15 young aspiring chefs. “I love that I have been able to do what was done for me,” says Fred. “Several young chefs I’ve worked with have grown into Executive Chef roles, become restaurant owners, started a children’s cooking school, and even become a champion on the Food Network show Chopped.”

Delicious Meals

Making Skye residents happy through delicious meals made with love is how Chef Fred spends his time these days. Through the challenging days of the pandemic, Fred and his team have listened to what residents want, fulfilling nearly every request. From creative, customized carryout containers to themed boxes filled with holiday feasts, the Skye culinary team is all about keeping residents smiling. Fred also enjoys surprising residents with familiar flavors and recently prepared an etouffee for a newcomer who mentioned he was from New Orleans.

The food is superb and has been since day one. Chef Fred does a wonderful job of mixing “southern comfort” foods and healthful entrees and sides, so that everyone can find something to their liking with each week’s menu change. Our “always menu” is an excellent mix of usual favorites, e.g., salmon, sandwiches, burgers, etc. Karen

Chef Fred’s many talents are impressive, but he is always learning and trying new things. While he reflects on the past and looks towards the future, Fred is most focused on the present. “The food I love the best is the food I’m working on today,” he says.

Fred Uncork’d

For a recent event with a small group, Chef Fred prepared a five-course gourmet dinner, explaining the origin of each dish and handing out the recipes for each dish.

gourmet dishes from executive chef fred perry of skye luxury senior living in leander, texas


Come to Skye and taste the food for yourself! Call 512-591-5121 today.

entrance to skye luxury senior living retirement apartments in leander, texas

True Connection Communities Expands its Operating Platform

True Connection Communities Expands its Operating Platform with a 156-Apartment Independent Senior Living Community Outside of Austin, Texas

CLEARWATER, Fla., April 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — True Connection Communities (“TCC”) announced today that it has expanded its operating platform with the addition of Skye Luxury Senior Living, a 156-apartment independent senior living community located in Leander, Texas, a northwestern suburb of Austin. The community is part of TCC’s high-quality portfolio of active adult and independent senior living communities designed to meet the growing needs of Americans age 55 or older who are seeking an active and engaged lifestyle.

Relying on its value-add expertise, TCC will upgrade the nearly four-year-old community by improving design elements in select apartments, modifying the dining room to accommodate more dining tables, and enhancing the pool deck to create a more inviting space for residents. The renovations will position the property to be one of the most attractive independent senior living communities in the greater Austin market. The community will be rebranded as Verena at Leander.

Jim Pusateri, Chief Executive Officer of TCC, said, “Skye Luxury Senior Living is a strong addition to our rapidly growing independent senior living portfolio and expands our footprint in the Texas market. Leander has been one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S., and we are excited to bring TCC’s innovative approach and exceptional resident experience to a vibrant, growing city like Leander and to the greater Austin market.”

About True Connection Communities

True Connection Communities operates a high-quality portfolio of 13 active adult/independent senior living communities, containing over 2,125 apartments and located in seven states, to meet the growing needs of Americans age 55 or older who are seeking an active and engaged lifestyle. True Connection Communities provides an exceptional resident experience by focusing on five key offerings: custom-designed fitness and wellness programs, creative chef-prepared meals made with the freshest seasonal ingredients, social activities uniquely designed for a life on the move, innovative educational programs that promote lifelong learning and personal growth, and state-of-the-art technology that keeps residents in touch with their families, friends, and an evolving world. To learn more, please visit www.TrueConnectionCommunities.com.